NAPA (CBS SF) – A Napa man who was killed Tuesday when his car crashed head-on into a Cal Fire big-rig on state Highway 12 apparently intended to kill himself, a Napa County sheriff’s captain said.

Capt. Tracey Stuart said notes found at 53-year-old Thomas Robinson’s home and witnesses’ statements about his driving before the collision indicate he likely intended suicide.

“He was driving fine until he abruptly turned into the path of the truck,” Stuart said Thursday morning.

An autopsy showed Robinson died of blunt force trauma injuries, Stuart said.

Robinson was driving a Ford Escort west on state Highway 12 near American Canyon just west of the Solano County line when he crossed over the double-yellow line and drove into the path of the oncoming 2000 Mack tractor-trailer.

Two other vehicles were involved in the 10:30 a.m. crash, which sent eight people to hospitals with minor to moderate injuries and closed the highway for eight hours. Seven of those injured were in a Toyota Sienna minivan.

The big-rig was hauling a bulldozer back to Siskiyou County after it had been brought to Napa County as backup equipment for two vegetation fires over the weekend, Cal Fire Division Chief David Shew said.

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Comments (7)
  1. sr says:

    what a selfish POS. if you want to kill yourself, do it without involving other people. i wish he had lived so he could live with the consequences of what he did.

    1. Darwin says:

      Yes, don’t be an A$$! You tried to murder the other driver. Go stand in front of a train and get the job done.

      1. NEIL A. says:


  2. larry says:

    We should all this guy for what he is – a domestic suicide terrorist!

    1. We should all this guy for what he is? WHAT? says:

      Larry on your English am I missing out on something here?

      1. Kathy Herron says:

        I believe he meant call this guy … and I agree ..

  3. jean says:

    what a sad thing to do he almost kill other becuase he wanted to die! I remember a person whom live with us, acted as if he wanted to do harm
    to himself we made it clear that he better not be a POS and take us with him ‘we were going to hurt him right then and there !!!!!!!!!1-

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